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CNN
Oct 30, 2012 8:00pm PDT
could chris christie's kind words, it's been wonderful, do anything to tip the balance in a tight race? a senior spokesman for hillary clint clinton's presidential campaign. and we have a write forever the national review and a senior political comist at "newsweek"/the daily beast. thank you to all of you. let me start with you, john. some of the latest polls in the poll of polls, we take the major ones and take the average. that's why there is no margin of error. pew research, 47/47. american research group, 48-48 and all continue along that wane. could a small thing like chris christie coming out with a very serious and significant endorsement of the president's handling of the storm tip the race? >> listen, erin, a race like this this tight, everything matters. this is a game of inches, a war after television. seeing this in ohio, folks focused heavily on the ground game. highly respected governor like chris christie, being honest, not doing partisan talking points, we're working effectively with the president, that reminds people that president obama is the commander in chief. ever
CNN
Oct 30, 2012 4:00pm PDT
been coordinating with us. it's been wonderful. >> so could chris christie's kind words, it's been wonderful for the other side do anything to tip this balance in a tight race? a senior spokesman for hillary clinton, and john avalon, a columnist at "newsweek" at election express. thanks to all of you. let me start with you, john. some of the latest polls included in the poll of polls. we take the major ones and do an average. you look petition pew research center. 48-48, and they continue along that vain. with numbers like that, john, could a small thing like chris christie coming out with a very serious and significant entorsment of the president's handling of the storm tip the race? >> listen, erin. a race like this, this tight, every thing matters. this is a game of inches right now. this is a war of attrition. and we're seeing this in ohio here. both campaigns focusing heavily on ground game. so every little thing matters. and what if highly respected governor, chris christie in a time of crisis has kind words to say, being honest, saying it's been good to working with the pres
CNN
Oct 28, 2012 3:00pm PDT
podium but moments later chris christie will be briefing his state. chris christie holding a press conference here that we'll bring you live here on cnn. a lot of people weren't expecting a storm this late in the season, and now the rush is on to get supplies. some storms already running low. people looking for bottled water, you are finding empty shelves there. look at that boat. trying to get them out and get them safe. despite mandatory evacuations in areas of new jersey, delaware, some people are bound to stay in their homes as they always do. and we know the answer to that, that's a bad idea, right? with me now, general russell honory, you commanded the military in new orleans as a general there, should people prepare differently for this storm than they do, because there are different elements with this, is there a different preparation for this storm? >> we have gone into this storm for the last few years since katrina to encourage people to have a three day's supply of food and water on hand for an event just like this. >> because usually when you have this event, it is fur
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 9:00am PST
drivers waiting for gasoline. new jersey governor chris christie said 70% of gas stations in the region were not operating yesterday in large part because of power outages. >>> and those are the headlines. campaign 2012 began a long time ago, but how will we know when it's over? >> it could be over before we even get to the central time zone. >>> next up, we look at the last 48 hours of the campaign with former republican chairman haley barbour, democratic strategist and cnn's dana bash and gwen. at meineke i have options... like oil changes starting at $19.95. my money. my choice. my meineke. >>> cnn's dana bash, former mississippi governor and republican party chairman haley barbour, john kerry's campaign manager, and gwen ifill. deputy campaign manager, and also long of the gephardt group. thank you for coming. i want to talk about two of the things that happened this week. one of them was the endorsement, sort of, of mayor bloomberg for president obama. who said in his endorsement like so many other independents i have found the past four years to be in a word disappointing. in 2008
CNN
Oct 30, 2012 11:00pm PDT
us with great. it's been wonderful. >> so could chris christie's kind words, it's been wonderful, do anything to tip the balance in a tight race? a senior spokesman for hillary clinton's presidential campaign. and we have a write forever the national review and a senior political comist at "newsweek"/the daily beast. thank you to all of you. let me start with you, john. some of the latest polls in the poll of polls, we take the major ones and take the average. that's why there is no margin of error. pew research, 47/47. american research group, 48-48 and all continue along that wane. could a small thing like chris christie coming out with a very serious and significant endorsement of the president's handling of the storm tip the race? >> listen, erin, a race like this this tight, everything matters. this is a game of inches, a war after television. seeing this in ohio, folks focused heavily on the ground game. highly respected governor like chris christie, being honest, not doing partisan talking points, we're working effectively with the president, that reminds people that presi
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 4:00am PDT
alongside him will be governor chris christie. the election just six days away. and sandy unfortunately is not done yet. the superstorm is currently over pennsylvania, heading towards canada. cnn covering the story like no other network. rob marciano reporting for us, deb feyerick in new york, sandra endo and brian todd from new jersey and dan lothian is at the white house. wednesday, october 31st, "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody, our starting point is breaking news this morning in regents point, queens where we've soon showing you some of these pictures yesterday, that massive fire that burned 80 homes to the ground. when sandy hit new york city. cnn crew on the scene is reporting to us a strong smell of methane gas. a utility pole spontaneously burst into flames earlier this morning. officials are now assessing whether the gas levels there are excessively high in this neighborhood, and that could force those fire crews to evacuate. right now, 6.6 million people still without electricity across 15 states, and washington, d.c. nearly 2 millio
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 6:00am PDT
atlantic city boardwalk, lost a big chunk due to crashing waves. governor chris christie says the damage to the state's beaches is, quote, overwhelming. today, governor christie will tour the devastation with president obama. the republican governor who has campaigned steadily for mitt romney raised eyebrows by praising the president's response to this crisis. we'll take a look at the politics in play. but first, more importantly, we'll focus on the devastation, the damage along the jersey shore. michael holmes is in toms river. that's on the jersey shore. he joins us by phone. very hard to get a live shot out of there right now. michael, describe the jersey shore. what are you seeing? >> reporter: damage in barrier island. it's quite a sight, i can tell you. there's a mile-long queue of emergency vehicles, tractor trailers, four-wheel drive, heavy earth-moving equipment, buses loaded with rescue workers, fire truck, rescue truck, national guard is all here, all lined up on this side of the bridge waiting for the green light to head across and on to those barrier islands you've se
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 12:00am PDT
saw president and governor chris christie. this is what the president promised the victims of superstorm sandy. >> we are here for you. we will not forget. we will follow up to make sure you get all of the help you need until you rebuild. >> meanwhile, six days until election day, mitt romney is in the must-win state of florida with a new bipartisan tone. >> i've got to be able to reach across the aisle and get good democrats and republicans to work together. good democrats love america, just like good republicans love america. >> michael moore is here to react to all of the events and if you have questions tweet us@piers tonight. we will begin on the long hard commute for millions of new yorkers. it's a rough time for many new yorkers. obviously a rough time for many people on the east coast. in new york it seems as almost two cities now. you have the half with power, upwards of 40th street and below 40th street a nightmare with no power. traffic, absolute chaos out there. i had to walk earlier because it was gridlock. what can you tell me about the subway, about power and wh
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 4:00am PDT
governor chris christie of new jersey toured the destruction on the jersey shore right near atlantic city. the mayor of atlantic city joins us this morning. let's talk specifically, sir, and thanks for joining us this morning, about the damage that's happened to atlantic city. you have the iconic boardwalk, you have the casinos, you have lots of hotels. fill me in on how atlantic city is faring. >> well, let me tell you that the boardwalk did suffer some major damage, but property can be replaced. the good news is in atlantic city and in atlantic county, that there was only one fatality. and when i say "only," i don't mean to minimize that fatality, one is too many, but given the catastrophic nature of this storm, i think we were blessed and spared that on the human side in terms of loss, there was one fatality and no real serious bodily injury to report. on the property side, a much different story. there is catastrophic damage all through the atlantic city, particularly on the boardwalk. >> as often is the case, i think some of the poorest neighborhoods got the worst damage spop where d
CNN
Nov 2, 2012 6:00pm PDT
. i think at the point at which chris christie was saying that it was all quite legitimate. i think president obama at the beginning of this did keep his concentration on this and i think he was entitled to what chris christie said about him. what i'm saying is in the last couple of days, he has been 100% devoted to running for office. he has taken his eye off the ball and in some parts of new york, some parts of new jersey, things are getting worse. they're not getting better. the president's got to keep part of his concentration on this. and he hasn't been doing that. there is no substitute for the president not concentrating on. >> should he now come to new york, the president? >> president hasn't been to new york. president hasn't been to breeze y point. president hasn't been to staten island. people in staten island feel abandoned. he hasn't been there. >> he's obviously been to new jersey with the governor. do you think he should now come directly to -- >> he has been to new jersey but he hasn't been to staten island. he hasn't been to breezy point. hasn't been to rockaway. th
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 8:00am PST
little coverage of climate change? and did the media make way too much of chris christie embracing president obama as they toured the devastation in new jersey? >>> plus social media was all over the hurricane but there were disasters made. i'm howard kurtz, and this is "reliable sources." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> it takes a lot to upend the final week of a presidential campaign, but hurricane sandy was one powerful storms. news agencies were covering it. but then breakthrough through the beleaguered pundits. president obama went to new jersey to inspect the storm damage and chris christie, a mitt romney supporter, actually said nice things about him. >> reporter: is there any possibility that governor romney may go to new jersey to tour some of the damage with you? >> i have no idea nor am i the least bit concerned or interested. >> governor chris christie has a new best friend, president obama. i think on the margins, this probably hurts obama a little bit in that that it adds to the general feeling that things are amis in america. >> the president's nowhere to b
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
superstorm sandy, spending wednesday afternoon with new jersey governor chris christie. the two saw devastated areas from the air on marine one and met with people in the oceanside city, both trying to lift the spirits of residents left to pick up the pieces and pledging to work together. >> i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state. and on the phone conversation with his him, was able to witness it today personally. >> the people of new jersey recognize that he has put his heart and soul into making sure that the people of new jersey bounce back even stronger than before. >> white house correspondent brianna keilar joins us from green bay, wisconsin, where the president will make his first campaign stop since the storm. brianna, will the president -- of course the president will continue to monitor from wisconsin, right? >> reporter: of course, he will, carol. we're hearing from white house officials that before he leaves this morning, heading back on the campaign trail, he will be receiving a briefing from
CNN
Nov 1, 2012 2:00am PDT
buried in the sand and governor chris christie who toured the destruction with president obama said some parts of the shore may never look the same again. >> the death toll reached 124 people with 56 in the united states. at least 28 in new york. and close to 5 million customers are still waiting for the power to come back on. >> cnn has the entire disaster zone covered this morning. our correspondents spanned out across lower manhattan and all up and down the jersey shore. >> first, the economic capital of our country is slowly getting back to normal this morning even while facing extreme damage. power outages and people having to walk for hours just to get to work. meantime, another hospital lost generator power in lower manhattan. right now hundreds of people are being pushed out of bellevue after hundreds of others were evacuated yesterday. our dr. sanjay gupta is live at bellevue but first to rob marciano. the governor says there will be no fares for subways, trains and buses but many of the bus and subway lines are still not up and running yet so how limited is transportation now?
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 8:00am PDT
the election. and this from carl. chris christie is able to put aside political differences in a time of disaster. quite different from now democrats treated president bush after katrina. this from james. fitting it tacks an act of god to finally spotlight romney's weaknesses. thank you for your responses and joining me today. "cnn newsroom" continues right now with ashleigh banfield. >> thank you so much. it's 11:00 on the east coast. 8:00 a.m. on the west coast. recovery is a word you are going to be hearing a lot of in the next few days. the word normalcy, not so much. in the wake of superstorm sandy, normal life is a far off dream for so many millions in the northeast corridor and points west. worst of all, a still growing toll of lives lost. at least 40 in the u.s. one so far in canada. more than 6 million homes and businesses still don't have electricity but that is a big improvement from yesterday. and while floods and surges with some exceptions have gone down, that just makes the devastation all the more apparent. you are looking at point pleasant beach halfway between n
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 9:00pm PDT
things with chris christie and barack obama in new jersey. how are things where you are? >> the devastation in the southern parts of our state, command our attention, compassion and prayers. newark our major problem is power, still out to half of the city. still so many people in very vulnerable conditions, dependent on medicines that need to be reridge rated and others who are residents are trapped, disabled, unable to come down and worried. we have been delivering food and trying to get things done. unfortunately, we have announced a number of fatalities today. three in our city. one was in the form of a drowning. two unfortunately today two young women who had a generator hooked up and died of carbon monoxide poisoning. this is what we fear. we now have recovery going on. there are still hazards and some of them are created by people trying to compensate for the lack of power by open flames, using ovens to heat their homes or generators and it creates hazards everything from fires to the carbon monoxide deaths we have seen. >> very sad story. on a positive note, newark airpor
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 4:00pm PDT
us in washington on this story. but what he is following is that new jersey governor chris christy is now saying that people in the affected areas of new jersey, people affected by hurricane sandy can now vote electronically. they can vote by e-mail and they can vote by fax. it is an interesting turn. joe, what are you finding out about this? >> well, it's a very interesting turn, don. as you said, in response to the super storm, the governor has issued a directive. this is for misplaced voters that can submit ballot applications by e-mail or by fax to the county clerk. the clerk sends them a ballot and then they have to return that ballot by about 8:00 p.m. on tuesday. it sounds highly unusual. to some, it may sound off the wall. but the fact of the matter is, in an emergency situation, there is some precedent for it. the united states actually has a program for military and overseas voters to basically do very similar things. so chris christie is taking a page from that pramt aogram and trying to find out how new jersey voters are not disenfranchised. >> joe, i understand it's not j
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 6:00pm PDT
chris christie and barack obama in new jersey how are things where you are? >> the devastation in the southern parts of our state, demand our attention compassion and prayer. power is still out to half of our city. and you know we announced the number of fatalities and we had three now in our city. one was in the form of a drowning and two today young women who had a generator hooked up and died ofpoisoning. some of them are created by people using generators. >> very sad story. but on a positive note, newark airport is partially open today. >> you know, we are happy that it is open and there will be more and more activity. as we get the arteries open, we had the announcement that new jersey tran transit buses are going to be running. it will bring life into our community and give people hope. they are not as stranded as they have been. and again, we are a major transportation hub. and frankly, help people who are stranded here get to where they need to go. >> mayor booker you have joined us every night live. please, stay in touch with us over the next few days. >> thank you very much
CNN
Oct 30, 2012 9:00pm PDT
travel there tomorrow to vut damage along with new jersey governor chris christie. the governor surprised many people today when he called the president and i quote outstanding and incredibly supportive. words he probably wouldn't have used at the heart of an election battle last week. governor chris christie joins me from the state emergency command center. governor, thank you for joining me. i watched these extraordinary scenes over new jersey today. really quite unprecedented. i've never seen anything quite like it. have you ever seen anything like this in your lifetime? >> no, i haven't. in fact, piers, today i toured the jersey coastline both by helicopter, and i landed in two spots on the jersey shore. and i can tell you that i have never seen devastation like this in my life. not here in new jersey. you see sights like the seaside heights boardwalk, where the program "the jersey shore" is filmed, the boardwalk is gone. it is gone. amusement rides, a roller coaster, a log flume, in the ocean. it's incredible. homes destroyed. it's an awful thing. >> new jersey people are k
CNN
Oct 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
out did. you probably heard the spat going on between new jersey governor chris christie and the mayor of atlantic city. the governor says the mayor didn't do enough to get people to take it seriously about leaving. the bottom line is that the water is all gone. this is where i was standing yesterday. this was waist deep at one point. the water has receded. still a lot of flooding. and we are seeing a number of coast guard overflies that started again at first light this morning around 7:00 am. and they're doing an evaluation of whether or not there need to be rescues. we've not heard of active search and rescues. they are evaluating flooding, seeing who needs help. that's the boredwalk behind me, about three-quarters of a mile down. you can see those red lights. mostly just emergency vehicles around town. no serious damage. there are power outages here in atlantic city, carol. >> i'm sure. ali velshi reporting live from atlantic city, new jersey. >>> we've been telling you all morning long about a breach in a levee in new jersey that has flooded at least four towns. the floodwat
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 8:00pm PDT
areas hardest hit by sandy. he was accompanied by new jersey governor chris christie. here they are in a photo just released by the white house within the past hour on marine one. the president said he will help. >> we are here for you and we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you've rebuilt. >> the iconic boardwalk and seaside heights, new jersey, is just one of the places the president saw today. it's a landmark made famous by bruce springsteen, mtv and "the sopranos." this is before and after, to give you a sense of what's happened. it's not even all there. you can see the rides including the roller coaster have been washed away sitting in the ocean. michael holmes is just across the bay in toms river, new jersey. you were in seaside heights, you toured it, what did you see? >> reporter: we went right up and down a number of towns there, ocean beach, normandy, and we spent a couple of hours there with the local police chief and i can tell you, it was absolutely extraordinary, the amount of damage that was done by hurrican
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 5:00pm PDT
governor chris christie making it easier for local sellers to bring in gas. when we come back. what the governor and president obama saw tonight add they toured the state of new jersey. ally bank. why they're always there to talk. i love you, james. don't you love me? i'm a robot. i know. i know you're a robot! but there's more in you than just circuits and wires! uhhh. (cries) a machine can't give you what a person can. that's why ally has knowledgeable people there for you, night and day. ally bank. your money needs an ally. i'm an expert on softball. and tea parties. i'll have more awkward conversations than i'm equipped for because i'm raising two girls on my own. i'll worry about the economy more than a few times before they're grown. but it's for them, so i've found a way. who matters most to you says the most about you. massmutual is owned by our policyholders so they matter most to us. massmutual. we'll help you get there. begins with back pain and a choice. take advil, and maybe have to take up to four in a day. or take aleve, which can relieve pain all day with just two pills.
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 11:00am PDT
jersey to join governor chris christie to tour the damage caused by sandy. we're going to get to that in a moment. buses and ferries are running and bridges into manhattan are now open. the nation's largest subway system is still water logged. limited subway and rail service begins tomorrow. one sign of normalcy today, the new york stock exchange is open. the opening bell rung by mayor bloomberg. president obama arrived as i said in new jersey in last hour to get a personal look at the devastation that sandy left behind. he's touring the damage zone with one of republican mitt romney's most vocal supporters, new jersey governor chris christie who says this is no time for politics. >> this is so much bigger than an election. this is the livelihood of the people of my state. what they expect me to do to get the job done. when someone asks me an honest question, i give an honest answer. how has the president been to deal with? he's been outstanding to deal with on this. >> i'm joined by chief political correspondent candy crowley and chief white house correspondent jessica yellin. what's be
CNN
Nov 4, 2012 6:00am PST
endorsement of chris christie, but the time spent with chris christie, i think it was a good week for obama to show that people outside of the mainstream democratic party were moving towards him. >> you wouldn't have cared a bit about michael bloomberg. what we know about him is he has gotten involved in putting a lot of money into races around the country. he has an eye on his legacy. he knew he had the spotlight, and he knew he could at least be heard this week, and that's what he decided to say. >> what he said was he thinks that president obama is better on the issue of climate change and that the whole hurricane, the superstorm was a reminder of his perspective what's going on with the climate. >> and he also closed with a whole bunch of social issues. >> you know, candy, that wasn't the best thing that happened to barack obama this week. the hurricane is what broke romney's home yum. >> you think that as well? >> i don't think there's any question about it. that the news media is not talking about jobs and the economy, taxes and spending, deficit and debt, obama care and energy, is a
CNN
Oct 30, 2012 4:00am PDT
there's an ongoing tiff between the governor of new jersey chris christie and the mayor of atlantic city. governor said the mayor didn't follow the instructions properly, didn't work hard enough to get people out of the city. we had both of them on air last night, pretty much calling each other names. so i imagine there will be some phone calls this morning about what should have happened. but bottom line, our initial assessment of atlantic city right now, soledad, is it may -- it splay dodged the worst of it despite how bad it looked last night. >> it surely looked bad. thank you, ali, certainly appreciate it. we're going to head now to -- who's up next? peter king, congressman peter king, looks like he's ready for us. peter king is out in long island, and obviously long island took a big brunt of this storm. congressman king, thank you for your time. first tell me exactly the damage that you've seen. i haven't had a lot of live reports on what has happened in long island outside of my hometown, smithtown, which i know has lost power. can you tell me what some of the worst damage is? >>
CNN
Oct 30, 2012 7:00pm PDT
boom back toward the building and work to dismantle it. president obama and governor chris christie will tour part of the state of new jersey. lorenzo langford joins us now by phone. mayor langford, your city was slammed by the superstorm, the boardwalk smashed, areas flooded. if you can, give us a status update. >> we are coming out of this thing in pretty good shape, believe it or not. our -- our biggest concern at this point is trying to restore power to one-third of our residents once we are able to do that, i am hopeful that the state police will allow for passage of our residents who have moved to higher ground in shelters outside of the city, to enable them to come back in and return to their humble abodes, that's their biggest concern right now. >> were there any casualties? >> we had one casualty. we haven't determined as of yet whether it was an atlantic city resident. one of the shelters where our residents had been moved to, did -- i should say, that's the only reported fatality we've heard of, and in addition to that, we are blessed from the standpoint we've had no serious i
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 1:00am PDT
jersey governor chris christie are going to tour parts of the state of new jersey tomorrow. atlantic city is obviously on the president's schedule. lorenzo langford is the mayor of atlantic city. he joins us now by phone. mayor langford, your city was truly slammed by this super storm. the boardwalk smashed, areas flooded. please give us a status update. >> well, i think we're coming out of this thing in pretty good shape, believe it or not. our biggest concern at this point is trying to restore power to 1/3 of our residents. once we're able to do that, i'm hopeful state police will open up the roads into atlantic city to allow for passage of our residents who have been moved to higher ground in shelters outside the city to be able to come back in and return to their humble abodes. that's our biggest concern right now. >> were there any casualties? >> we had one casualty. we haven't determined as of yet whether or not it was an atlantic city resident. but one of the shelters where some of our residents had been moved to did realize a fatality, i should say. and that's the only report
CNN
Oct 30, 2012 1:00pm PDT
blocks and blocks and blocks of homes. chris christie said the level of devastation at the jersey shore is unthinkable. this is not far from the area where the coast guard will spend all day rescuing hundreds of people trapped by floodwaters. brian todd is on the scene with more. what are you seeing and hearing, brian? >> reporter: not all of them are victims from this incident. at just after midnight, a birm or a levee was breached by a tidal surge and water just came in within just a few minutes and pretty much engulfed those three towns. babies had to be pulled out. high clearance as you can see behind me the weather is still not very good here. in the school behind me, one of them, 9-year-old mill dread schwartz has lived in new jersey her entire life. i talked to her just as she got off one of the rescue vehicles. >> i never seen anything like this ever. >> can you describe what happened when the water came? >> we were sleeping. my daughter and i. >> hearing stories like that from victims all over the place here. many of them coming through this facility and they are just try
CNN
Oct 29, 2012 8:00pm PDT
, stay. chris christie said that was the wrong thing to do. we spoke to the mayor on anderson's show and he said the governor doesn't know what he's talking about. people are hunk erg down. four to five people in shelters here in atlantic city. the gusts just whipped up around me right now. while the water levels are receding, we're still getting the back end of the storm. all indications are we have at least an hour more of this to go before it starts to settle down and move to other parts of the region. philadelphia, 60 miles west of me, has still got to see the worst of it. they're still expecting flooding in low-lying areas in philadelphia. that's the situation in atlantic city right now, erin. >> ali velshi, thank you. we're able to hear alli. in an hour or so ago, that was not the case, you could not hear him at all the storm was so bad there. let's go to chad myers now at severe weather headquarters. can you tell us who is next to feel the center of the storm? >> it is southwest of philadelphia by ten miles. and so philadelphia, you are feeling the worst of the wind, so is trenton
CNN
Oct 31, 2012 2:00am PDT
president will inspect the disaster scene along with governor chris christie, a top romney supporter. dan lothian is live in washington. good morning, dan. what is the president's message right now to storm victims? >> reporter: well, it really was two-fold. first of all, he wanted to pledge that the federal government would cut through red tape, cut through all the bureaucracy. he said there would be no excuses for inaction. and that federal agencies should really explore all options even leaning on the military if necessary to get the resources to where they need to get as quickly as possible. but secondly, what the president was also trying to reinforce yesterday was kind of uplifting the spirits of those hit by the storm. some of whom have lost everything saying that america is with you, america will help you get back on your feet. and he praised those who have already jumped in and taken action. >> during the darkness of the storm, i think we also saw what's brightest in america. i think all of us have honestly been shocked by the force of mother nature as we watch it on televis
CNN
Nov 3, 2012 5:00am PDT
obama and governor chris christie now united in crisis. they have been working closely to clean up new jersey after superstorm sandy left parts of the state in ruins, but christie's been far from friendly with the president in the past, acting as one of mitt romney's most outspoken attack dogs, slamming the president's leadership in stump speeches and campaign rallies all year. listen to christie just two weeks ago. >> he never ran anything in his life so the president doesn't know how to lead. we watch what he's been like for the past four years. he's like a man wandering around a dark room, hand up against the wall, clutching for the light switch of leadership, and he just can't find it, and he won't find it in the next 18 days! >> apparently governor christie thinks the governor has found it. cnn contributors errol lewis and eric join us. i want to read a tweet you posted not too long ago. it's so cute that obama is trying to look like he's in charge with the hurricane. someone should ask the libyan consulate for a comment. do you still stand by this, and what do you make of this ne
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Nov 4, 2012 12:00pm PST
electronically. governor chris christie says voters can e-mail or fax in their vote. also in new jersey, four more rail lines are up and running, and in new york, 80% of the subway service has been restored, but more than 2 million remain without power in 15 states and the district of columbia as a result of the superstorm named sandy. >>> now a major concern is the weather. forecasters say temperatures are expected to drop below freezing tonight and tomorrow evening. the american red cross is moving 80,000 blankets into the region ahead of the cold weather. and on top of dealing with the cold and no power, some survivors of the storm are in desperate need of a place to live. in new york city alone, governor andrew cuomo estimates between 30 to 40,000 people could need housing. >>> some voters in new jersey may face challenges election day because of superstorm sandy, but now governor chris christie says voters can e-mail or fax in their vote. how will that work? joining me right now on the phone is the president of the new jersey association of election, dennis sobez. dennis, good to h
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Oct 29, 2012 10:00pm PDT
trees. two of those deaths about 30 miles west of new york city. new jersey governor chris christie repeatedly warned people about the potential dangers earlier. >> i'm very disappointed some didn't listen to my order and i'm concerned it might lead to loss of life. >> reports of homes flooded under several feet of water and several rescues are under way, including those stranded in their cars. in their cars, can you imagine, trying to escape. >> i'm scared to death. so many people are going to die today. >> authorities are working to evacuate hundreds of areas. west atlantic city, hundreds of people there where waters are dangerously high. >> let's check in with emergency crews in new jersey. joining us on the phone, jenry paul emergency director from morris county, new jersey. update us on the latest. how many people without power. what are you able to do? what kind of assistance can you provide? >> we have a significant power issue going on as long as the strong winds that have hit us here. currently we have 163,000 at 9:09 without power so about 83% of the service -- power service dliry in
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Oct 31, 2012 1:00pm PDT
along the jersey shore. with the new jersey republican governor chris christie right at his side. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> there have been many, many major new developments all throughout the day. we want to bring you the latest developments right now. and we're going to begin with the big picture. the storm that started as hurricane sandy now being blamed for a total of 118 deaths. 68 of them in the caribbean and now 50 of them in the united states. the state with the highest death toll, new york state. 26 people in new york state have died. new york city struggling to try to get back to normal. as you see here, subway stations in lower manhattan, they are still totally flooded. they need to be drained. this is a dangerous situation developing. further upbound there is limited, limited subway service that should resume a little bit more as the hours continue. an ireporter sent us this amazing picture. brooklyn had power last night, lower manhattan did not. nationwide about 6 million people in 15 states and the district of columbia still do not have e
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Oct 28, 2012 4:00am PDT
businesses along the east coast, they're boarding up. just yesterday, governor chris christie declared a state of emergency. he also issued a mandatory evacuation for the state's barrier islands and for atlantic city casinos. >> good morning i formally declared a state of emergency in anticipation of hurricane sandy which is expected to be a severe and a potentially devastateding storm that will hit new jersey beginning sunday night. and be in full force by monday. >> that's new jersey. let's take you to our nation's capital. store shelves in d.c. quickly clearing as people who are heading to the stores are stocking up, preparing for the worst in the hurricane. the mayor, vincent gray, declared a state of emergency just yesterday. and city workers have already prepared, prepping for cleanup post storm. city leaders say they will maintain contact with people live there through social media, twitter, facebook, et cetera there's also been a state of emergency declared in maryland, annapolis. they are moving sand and sandbags in places to protects people, buildings, businesses. city offici
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Nov 1, 2012 1:00pm PDT
jersey governor chris christie is speaking now. let's listen in. >> i, yesterday, spoke to 12 of my governor colleagues around the country, republicans and democrats, all of them agreed to send workers to new jersey to restore power. the president gave me his word yesterday that it was going to take them too long to drive here that he would send c-130 transport planes to load their equipment and themselves and fly them to new jersey. we've met with fema this afternoon with all the utility company executives and i told them that they weren't leaving the building until they gave fema the list of personnel they would need in order to get power restored much more quickly than what they've announced publicly so far. and as i left here -- i left trenton to come here, i can tell you that i was told by my staff that those meetings as to jcpl and back to trenton the psge meeting will be successful and completed and those resources already headed to new jersey. bob mcdonald is sending 1,500 workers from virginia. john kasich is sending 1,500, even though they have challenges in ohio, governor
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Oct 30, 2012 2:00am PDT
. that's what we were dealing with last night. and again, governor chris christie not happy with the mayor here in atlantic city, lorenzo langford. in a press conference yesterday evening he was intimating that he gave people permission to stay. he was flabbergasted that one of the shelters was a block away from the water. the hotel to my last is the sheridan. that's where i stayed last night. some families thought they could ride it out, realized they could not. they ended up at the sheridan here. there were a lot of families, dogs and that's what was going on. as i'm walking to my room, people are hanging out in lobbies, talking, commiserating. a few dogs growling and banking at each other. that became the new normal here in atlantic city and i'm sure other places as well. >> mike galanos for us this morning. watching what's happening in atlantic city. we'll be seeing what the damage is this morning when the sun comes up. thank you, mike. appreciate it. >>> let's get right to zoraida sambolin at the time warner center. >>> we'll start with the crane here. take a look at these live
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Oct 29, 2012 8:00am PDT
family. >> that's new jersey governor chris christie. he's not messing around with his message. his state is right in the path of this storm. newark's liberty airport is basically shut down. hundreds of flights have been canceled because of this storm. our rob marciano is keeping an eye on things in asbury park, new jersey. rob, last year just before hurricane irene, chris christie told people in no uncertain terms and i will quote him here, get the hell outfit beach. my question to you, are people heeding his message to get out and get to safer ground? >> reporter: you know, they are. and you may remember, he caught some criticism for using those strong words last year after what people along the immediate jersey shore felt was an overreaction. certainly after irene's disaster, turned out to be a wise choice, especially for those living along the immediately shoreline. here in asbury park and up and down the northern coastline of new jersey, they have certainly heeded his warning. here's a look at the surf that continues to pour in. the tide is actually receding now. but i've only
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Oct 28, 2012 12:00pm PDT
now. let's go to new jersey now, and governor chris christie is preparing for the worst there, hoping for the best when it comes to this hurricane. he's doing everything possible to get his state ready. allison kosick is in seabright. we know people are bracing for the worst. in what form? >> reporter: they definitely are preparing, especially as you feel this wind get stronger ask stronger as the day goes into night here. look at the ocean. it is certainly getting angry angryer by the minute. i talked to the sheriff here. he said there are two big concerns for this area. he said the wind and the storm surge which is expected to happen tomorrow when the hurricane does come to shore. the big worry is this whole area will flood. his worry is it will flood anywhere from 3 to 4 feet through here. they got a tape ste of this thi morning when high tide happened. over here is seabright, a town where all the stores are, where residents live. they got a taste of high tide. there is a river on the other side of these buildings. it certainly overflowed this morning, gave them a taste of
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Nov 1, 2012 7:00pm PDT
about that. this evening, new jersey governor chris christie lifted evacuation orders in cape may and atlantic counties on the southern tip of the state. that's progress. as you'll see growing danger farther up the coast from broken gas lines. it has been that kind of day. danger, heart break, victory and setbacks everywhere sandy hit. the sound of progress. limited service once again. the power went out and the water came in. aboveground, more buses but still too many riders. >> it is amazing to see the faces of people get off the you subways. you you you they're thinking things are going fine and then they see this. this is just a mess. >> a mess that many simply choose to walk away from. tens of thousands walking mile to work over the city's bridges. all around the area, driving meant waiting to gas up. with tanks running empty and patience running low. >> this is the line. i follow the line. >> it is not just gas running low. >> we are over the next few days going to have to work out some procedures to make sure people can get food. >> as many as a million new yorkers may need
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Nov 2, 2012 7:00pm PDT
shortage we're just learning that new jersey governor chris christie has signed an executive order implementing odd/even rationing for gas purchases in 12 new jersey counties. odd numbered and even numbered license plates on alternating days. the human toll, meantime, it is growing. at least 22 people have now lost their lives here. the least populated of new york's five boroughs and the highest death toll. for staten islanders, especially, the idea of a global sports and media spectacle being held on their shattered doorstep, it was infuriating and understandably so. today, new york mayor michael bloomberg who had been pushing for the race backed down, saying the marathon had become a course of controversy and division. the thousands of runners from around the world are already here. minutes after the decision we sent our producers to central park to get reactions from runners. some were surprised to get the news. >> you are sure? >> reporter: i'm sure. >> oh, my god. >> we are from germany. we prepared for over a year for this run. that is bad, totally bad. >> what can we do? kee
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Oct 29, 2012 9:00am PDT
you so much. want to bring the governor on governor chris christie is talking about what more needs to be done. >> we need people to stay off the road. motor heists should check 511-nj.org for up to the minute information on road closures. we'll talk about the power situation. right now state-wide, these are approximate numbers, everybody. they're approximate numbers. 35,000 people state-wide without power. 21,000 of those are the atlantic city electric area. 13,000 from jcp & l and about 1,000 for psg & e from orange and rockland county company. bpu is working to assist after the industries obtain the needed approvals for essential sji employees and subcontractors to access atlantic city many support of the combined heat and power generation units servicing revel and borgada, and we're also monitoring the utility companies' efforts to open stage and housing areas to accommodate the thousands of outside crews and their heavy equipment that are migrating into the state to assist in our recovery efforts and that stuff has already begun. currently there's 15 staging areas that set up a
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Oct 29, 2012 1:00pm PDT
of that attack right now. the governor, chris christie, will hold a news conference in 30 minutes. we'll bring it to you live. the powerful winds, the torrential rain, the storm surges, they are wreaking havoc from north carolina all the way to maine, the area of tropical storm force winds extends almost, get this, 1,000 miles. many coastal towns have been evacuated, major cities are completely shut down. new york city alone could face catastrophic flooding. more than 765,000 customers already are without power in seven states. tens of millions could face blackouts lasting for days. our reporters are standing by throughout the disaster area to bring you the story the way only cnn can. let's go to atlantic city, new jersey, right now, which is bearing so much of the brunt of the storm at this hour. parts of the city already under water, barely visible, forcing authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from areas where flooding is said to be dangerously high. casinos are cleared out and less than an hour from now, the entire city will be under curfew, a man toir curfew, bracing for
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Nov 4, 2012 11:30am PST
republican new jersey governor chris christie, and that kind of showed a bipartisanship. you had chris christie praising the president, and one now has to wonder, of those voters who will be going to the polls in the new jersey and new york area hit by the storm, if what took place early in this week is a giant influencing factor to get them to, you know, certainly support president obama. >> well, president obama is going to win new york and new jersey. he deoesn't have to worry about that. he has to worry across the country -- >> will that resonate across the country, in your view? >> i think the fact he's not made a mistake in his handling of the response to the storm and he's done a good job and eight out of ten americans feel he's done a great, excellent job, that might get his supporters really uplifted and inspired to go vote for him and maybe knock on doors this final weekend. i don't know -- at the same time, i do think that there are people who are really down. they either have relatives in that area, they live in an influential swing state or battleground state, and th
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